Pakistan hands over second relief consignment to Sri Lanka

Islamabad—Pakistan High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Maj. gen (retd) Syed Shakeel Hussain has handed over the second consignment of relief assistance meant for the flood victims to the Sri Lankan authorities.
The consignment was received on behalf of the Sri Lankan government by the Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management Wasantha Samaraweera at Bandaranaike International Airport Katunayake, said a message received here on Wednesday.
A cargo plane from Pakistan brought relief items containing shelters and tents which were specified by the Sri Lankan authorities as immediate requirements for the flood victims. Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had directed the relevant authorities last week to make immediate arrangements for provision of emergency relief goods to the flood victims in Sri Lanka.
According to the Sri Lankan government as-sessments, 427,918 people belonging to 105,360 families were affected by floods and landslides. The floods and landslides caused by torrential rains with gale force completely damaged about 474 houses while 3,674 others were partially damaged.
Accordingly the first consignment of relief items containing generators, shelters, tents, medicines, etc. were handed over by the High Commissioner of Pakistan to the Sri Lankan Minister for Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa M.P.
On Monday last, the Pakistani cargo plane, which was carrying priority relief items requested by the Sri Lankan authorities, landed at the Bandaranaike International Airport Katunayake. The goods, containing generators, shelters, tents and medicines were handed over by Pakistan’s High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Maj Gen(r) Syed Shakeel Hussain to the Sri Lankan Minister for Disaster Management Anura Priyadarshana Yapa M.P at a solemn ceremony.
Ministry of Disaster Management Secreteary S.S.Miyanawala, other senior officials of Sri Lankan government and Air Force as well as officers of the High Commission were also present, according to a message from Colombo.—APP

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